Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 31 May 2020

Three Dubai men given life sentences for revenge killing

Two were hitmen and the man who hired them wanted vengeance for the death of his brother

Three men have been served life sentences for murder for what is believed to be a revenge killing.

On December 7, 2017, two men ran in front of the car an Indian engineer was driving, who was forced to hit his breaks. One of them was bleeding heavily.

The engineer looked around to see if anyone had been chasing them and saw a dead body, which was in the car park of a residential building in Nahda 2.

He immediately called the police.

“I told them what I know and gave them a description of the two men,” said the engineer, 34.

The two men who had stopped his car, from Pakistan, were tracked down and apprehended at Dubai International Airport as they were trying to flee the country.

“One of them was injured so we referred him to Rashid hospital,” said an Emirati officer, 31.

Investigations revealed that the two men in custody, 47 and 31, had been hired by another man from Pakistan, 33, to kill the victim. The third man was arrested two weeks later.

During questioning, the defendants said they had been promised Dh15,000 each to kill the deceased, of which Dh5,000 was paid upfront and the remaining sum was to be paid once they were back in Pakistan.

Court records said that the man who hired them had wanted to take revenge on the victim for killing his brother in Pakistan in 2005. No further details of the previous incident were made available.

He had hired the hitmen in Pakistan and they travelled to the UAE together on December 5, 2017. Another Pakistani man, 35, provided them with the address of the victim, and he was also charged with aiding and abetting.

The day before the murder, the hitmen spied on the deceased to figure out his routine. They then attacked him using a hammer and knives as he was getting out of his car.

The man who hired them waited in a getaway car and when they ran back to the car, one of them was bleeding because he had been accidentally stabbed by his accomplice as the pair viciously stabbed the victim.

The three men were charged and convicted of premeditated murder and were each sentenced to life in prison, to be followed by deportation.

The man who provided the victim’s address was convicted of aiding and abetting and was sentenced to ten years in prison, to be followed by deportation.

The sentence can be appealed within two weeks.

Updated: May 9, 2019 04:50 PM



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